MCA Faculty Receive International Recognition

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Feb. 22, 2017


Memphis College of Art Faculty Receive International Recognition and Awards


Cat Normoyle
Assistant Professor of Design Arts
Cat Normoyle 

 In January, Assistant Professor Cat Normoyle received word that a paper she co-authored with Cotter Christian was selected for the International Award of Excellence by Design Principles and Practices Collection, a discussion site exploring the meaning and purpose of design. The article, “A Catalyst for Change,” was selected from among the ten highest ranked papers which emerged from a peer review process and according to the selection criteria outlined in the referee guidelines. The paper discusses citizen-driven creative placemaking, “where residents of a community take ownership of an unused, inauthentic, or transient public space and repurpose it for their own benefit or need.” Read more about the award…


Adam Hawk
Instructor of Metals

Instructor Adam Hawk was announced as a 2017 Finalist for the internationally juried NICHE Awards in the professional sculpture category. Hawk’s piece “SC6” was one of four sculptures selected by judges of the competition. The NICHE Awards Program, sponsored by NICHE Magazine, first began in 1989 in celebration of the innovation of American and Canadian fine craft. Click here to view Hawk’s award-winning sculpture. Read more about the competition…


Maritza Dávila
Professor of Fine Art
Maritza Davila

MCA Professor of Fine Arts and Printmaking Maritza Dávila collaborated with artist Indrani Nayar-Gall to create an artwork titled “Girl and Waves,” which was accepted into the internationally juried 2017 Atlanta Print Biennial. Dávila co-created the piece as part of her award from MCA’s Martha and Robert Fogelman Faculty Enrichment Fund, which was awarded in 2016. The piece will be on view March 15–April 14 at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, Georgia during the 2017 SGC International Printmaking Conference (March 15-18).


Eszter Sziksz
Instructor of Book Arts
Eszter Sziksz

Instructor Eszter Sziksz will have work featured in the internationally juried 2017 Printmaking Triennial in Miskolc, Hungary. Her piece “Metamorphosis” is currently on view in the show through March 28 at the Herman Otto Museum’s Miskolc Gallery. The triennial is widely popular in Central European countries, with jurors who are highly selective in the pieces that they choose.

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